5 Things To Do at Fairplex This Summer

Fun 5ks, a movie under the stars and Food Truck Thursdays are just a few of the things we have in store for you at Fairplex. There are a lot of options but here are a few events you might want to think about adding to your social calendar this year:

Five Things To Do at Fairplex This Summer

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1. Vans Warped Tour: Warped Tour invades the Fairplex infield on June 20th for a full day of punk, pop, metal and alternative rock bands. Bands like Devil Wears Prada, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake and Mayday Parade will be playing along with multiple other favorites. To buy tickets and see the full lineup visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.


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2. TLC Summer Art Camp: Away from the craziness of the fun runs and Warped Tour is The Learning Centers at Fairplex Summer Art Camp. Students ages 7-13 can learn how to pain, draw and make ceramics over the duration of the summer, a perfect recluse from the heat and an outlet for young creative minds. For more information click here.

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3. Cheers Festival: Eat, drink and be merry for a cause! We take the business of partying seriously at Fairplex and nowhere is that more apparent than at the annual Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer and Food Festival event at Fairplex. Food trucks, live music and unlimited tastings of wines, beers and spirits? Sounds like a perfect summer evening to us! The fact that ticket sales benefit The Learning Centers programs makes it even better. For more information click here.

silhouette and fireworks 5 Things To Do at Fairplex This Summer KABOOM! at Fairplex Fireworks Show 

4. KABOOM!: 4th of July means the roar of monster trucks and the crackle of fireworks at Fairplex. Join us for a full evening of monster trucks, motocross, buffet dinner and one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California. KABOOM! is summer at its finest. For more information visit www.fairplex.com/kaboom.


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5. Los Angeles County Fair: Our summer ends with the biggest celebration of all: the Los Angeles County Fair. We have animals, shows, superheroes, deep-fried and gourmet food, carnival rides, dancing, concerts… essentially the biggest end-of-summer party in L.A. To see everything we have in store visit www.lacf.com.

What are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments section below! 

Fairplex Snapshot: Mission Circuit Dog Show

It’s raining dogs at Fairplex this Memorial Day weekend.

We love having guests on our campus, especially when they’re of the furry variety! Dogs dominate this Memorial Day Weekend at the Mission Circuit Dog Show. Thousands of dogs will compete over the course of the weekend, culminating in a ceremony honoring the top dogs on Monday. Dog lovers of every breed will enjoy the sight.

Admission is free, so come on down and check out the action if you have a moment!

CLOSED: Street Food Cinema Giveaway

We have a winner! Congratulations to Amy for winning our Street Food Cinema giveaway package. We will send you an email with details on how to collect your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We will have more fun giveaways for upcoming events, including KABOOM! and the Los Angeles County Fair. It’s going to be a fun summer here at Fairplex!


What if you could watch your favorite movie while eating food from your favorite food truck on a grassy lawn under the stars?

Street Food Cinema brings you that “movie under the stars” experience right here at Fairplex. Enjoy live music, food trucks, drinks and photo opportunities before spreading out your blankets and lawn chairs to watch the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction.

Street Food Cinema Giveaway 

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We want as many Pulp fans as possible to enjoy this fun experience which is why we are giving away two general admission tickets and a Street Food Cinema picnic blanket to one lucky winner!

To enter the contest, just answer this Pulp Fiction trivia question:

Where did Quentin Tarantino meet his producer Lawrence Bender? 

Leave your answer in the comment box below. We will announce the winner on the blog on Thursday, May 22 at 3 p.m. PST. Good luck!

Student-built Agricultural Fair Arrives at Fairplex

Hundreds of students are participating in the annual 48th District Schools’ Agricultural & Nutritional Fair at Fairplex. Creative educational displays currently line the walls and floors of Expo Hall 10, colorful demonstrations of California agriculture, from farm animals to fruit and vegetable crops.

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The Agricultural Fair is at Fairplex Tuesday, May 13th through Saturday, May 17th. For more information visit www.fairplex.com or www.agfair.org.

Ambassador Spotlight: Sylvia Chapman

Many of our Fairplex ambassadors are selfless people dedicated to making a difference on our campus and in their own communities. Sylvia Chapman is one such volunteer and has recently received the 2014 San Dimas Women of the Year “Unsung Heroines” award. Congratulations Sylvia!

Sylvia dedicates her time to volunteering not only with Fairplex but also for the city of San Dimas. She is the president of the San Dimas Sheriff’s Booster Club, has spent more than ten years volunteering for the San Dimas Posse HEART program and serves as a station and patrol volunteer for the Sheriff’s department. We are truly lucky to have someone like her in our community and are honored to call her a Fairplex ambassador.

Thank you Sylvia for all that you do!

If you are interested in becoming a Fairplex ambassador, visit our Volunteer page. We would love to have you join our family!

Mother’s Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Mother’s Day is this Sunday which means lots of flowers, cards and affection for moms in Los Angeles! Here are our suggestions for Angelenos looking to celebrate their mothers and mother-figures. Check out the L.A. Weeknder below for some fun ideas this Mother’s Day Weekend:

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Pomona Art Walk:  Browse for a unique Mother’s Day gift and support the growing Pomona art community at the Pomona Art Walk. Hundreds of local artists display their works along the streets and in more than two dozen galleries in the city. Elements include paintings, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Many shops, studios and restaurants are open late as part of the festivities. Visit the Art Walk on Saturday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

NBA / NHL Playoffs: If your mom happens to be an NBA or NHL fan, this is your weekend. The Clippers face off against the OKC Thunder tonight in Game 3 of the playoffs at the Staples Center. Saturday the Los Angeles Kings play against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. If you’re lucky, you have tickets to either of these games, but when it comes to the playoffs, sports bars are the next best thing. Of course we recommend Finish Line Sports Grill and taking advantage of our mega-TVs, relaxed atmosphere, daily specials and happy hour prices.

Science Discovery Day: The Alf Museum of Paleontology is hosting a special science discovery day this Saturday. Spend some quality time with the family and check out the learning stations, touch tables and crafts activities. Only $3 per person. Children 4 and under are free. For more information click here.

Mother’s Day Brunch: McKinley’s Grille offers a delicious brunch menu, made just for Mother’s Day. Chef David Teig is whipping up pancakes, omelets, pastries, crepes bacon, sausages, chicken, turkey, salads, dessert and even a kids buffet. This Sunday, enjoy a relaxed meal at our restaurant or dine al fresco in our patio. Click here for the full menu.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Mother’s Day for moms in need

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The Avalon at Fairplex is usually reserved for holiday parties, speaking sessions and dinners but today it has been transformed into a fully functioning beauty salon! 150 women in need — mothers who have endured domestic abuse, substance addiction, cancer, poverty and other hardships in life — came to Fairplex for a full morning of pampering.

These special moms received pedicures, manicures, hair cuts and makeup tips from hair stylists and makeup artists while their children made Happy Mother’s Day crafts under the supervision of trained volunteers at The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

We would like to give a special thank you to Total Restoration Ministries and Mothers Understanding Mothers Support for bringing this great event to our campus!

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Usher’s new music video, filmed at Fairplex!

“Good Kisser” music video by Usher 

Usher has a new video and it was filmed at Fairplex! Released May 5, 2014, most of the music video was filmed in our expo halls over the course of a weekend.

Our expo halls have been used for dog shows, commercials, craft expos, haunted mazes, car shows, shopping during the Los Angeles County Fair and now, a music video for one of the most popular artists in the industry.

Never a dull moment on this campus!


Event Industry News: Weddings at the Los Angeles County Fair

Wedding Cover Photo Event Industry News: Weddings at the Los Angeles County Fair

Fair-y Tale Weddings at LACF: For the first time in history, Fairplex will host four free weddings during the Los Angeles County Fair (LACF). For the past two months couples from all over the country have submitted entries in hopes of being chosen for a wedding at the Fair.

Four winning couples will receive weddings that include the venue (one of four unique locations within the Fairgrounds), decor, flower arrangements, lighting/sound, a wedding officiate, champagne toast, wedding cake, guest invitations and party favors, an overnight stay at the Sheraton Honeymoon Suite and of course, a full day of fun at LACF.

The competition comes to a close on Monday, May 12 during which time a panel of judges will decide who will say “I do” at the Fair.

Tapatio-Spiked Pineapple Cilantro Chili Sorbet in LA: In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, CoolHaus has partnered with The Hundreds x Tapatio to bring Angelenos the limited-edition Tapatio-Spiked Pineapple Cilantro Chili Sorbet. It tastes exactly like it sounds. Instead of fudge or sprinkles, the already-spicy dessert will come doused in the ever-popular Tapatio sauce.

Introducing the new Snapchat

Social Media: Snapchat introduced direct messaging and live video chat to users on Thursday of last week. The latest upgrade is a hybrid of Instagram Direct and FaceTime, albeit all messages, photos and videos are deleted as soon as they are read by the recipient. The upgrade also included a new look, with minimalism font and design. Users are still able to send photo/video to multiple users and the My Story feature.

Our bi-weekly Event Industry News post includes event trends, social media and technology industry updates and events news from Los Angeles County.

Fairplex Snapshot: Los Angeles International Wine Competition

The Los Angeles International Wine Competition starts this month. Prize-winning entries will be on display and available for tasting at Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival and of course, at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Entries are coming in fast and furious this week, in all shapes and sizes, from all over the world! We can’t wait to see which ones win medals. This is what our wine cellar looks like right now:

For more information on the Los Angeles International Wine Competition visit www.lawinecomp.com